Dataset: KPS2003

Abstract

The study ”The Danish Mayor” was conducted from 2003-2007 by Rikke Berg and Ulrik Kjær from the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark. The project included three data sets:  
1. An archive with every mayor in Denmark in the period from 1970-2004
2. A survey among mayors and council members in 2003 (the present study)
3. A number of interviews with mayors and other actors in four selected municipalities in 2004-2005.  

The survey was also a part of a larger European study, where questionnaires were sent to mayors in 17 countries and 2711 mayors answered and returned the questionnaire. While the European study only included mayors, it was decided that the Danish study should be supplemented by ordinary local politicians and members of the municipal councils. These received a questionnaire with some of the questions also sent to the mayors.  

The survey covers the following (more concrete) themes:
· Contact patterns and communication with external actors
· The role of the mayor (leadership, control, priorities etc.)
· Local democracy
· Municipal reform and recent developments
· The workings of the municipal council
· Cooperation and conflict in local politics (including cooperation between politicians and public servants)
· The good political leader
· Influence and welfare
· Background and political carrier (Mayor & Ordinary)  

The survey was conducted as a one-time cross-sectional survey. The two respective questionnaires were sent by mail to every mayor and to every local politician in a sample of 80 municipalities. 215 out of 271 mayors answered which is a response rate of 79%. 776 out of 1276 local politicians answered, a response rate of 61%. The data set includes responses from 991 respondents

Variable Groups

Full Title

KPS2003

Identification Number

KPS2003

Date of Production

2011-08-15

Depositor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Rikke Berg and Ulrik Kjær Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark

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